Look what we received in the mail today! It seems that Shanghai authorities are taking a creative step forward in helping residents to consume less salt with this nifty package. Encased is a small plastic spoon that holds 2 grams of salt (as seen inverted at the top of the handle) and on the package, it advises residents to consume only 3 spoonfuls of salt a day to prevent high blood pressure. On the flip side, it details suggestions on how to lessen salt consumption when cooking and for residents over 35 years old to test their blood pressure.
Foreigners and growingly health-conscious locals often complain about the saltiness of Chinese food which takes all forms including soy sauce and the notorious MSG. Sometimes, after a heavy meal, we get a numbness in our tongues, followed by temporary blindness. We’re kidding, we’re kidding. Our foot tends to just fall asleep.
6 grams, in our personal opinion, seem to be rather generous, but change is best undertaken in small doses, hence, the 2 gram spoon. Regardless, we say kudos to the Shanghai government. One spoonful (each) for Shanghai residents, one big leap for China’s health! On the left, it says “Healthy Shanghai World Expo, Healthy Shanghai.’ That’s right folks, 606 days to go.